Did you know that even a simple fall in the bathroom could leave older adults severely injured and may even prove fatal?
Over ⅓ of people over 65 in Singapore has had a fall and most of these falls happen at home. However, there are concrete steps that can be taken to prevent falls at home. Here are 4 areas of your house that should fall proof today.
#1 Equip the Bathroom
69% of falls at home occur in the bathroom! With its slippery surfaces and hard edges, falls in the bathroom can be especially dangerous. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that your bathroom is well-equipped for fall prevention.
(A) Bathroom surfaces are often tiled and slippery. To prevent slips, place anti-slip bath mats on the floor or in the shower area.
(B) If the overall look of bath mats does not complement your bathroom, you could also opt for clear anti-slip adhesives. These adhesives have a textured surface to provide friction and make floors less slippery.
(C) Installing grab bars is another essential step to take in fallproofing your bathroom. They provide extra handle support for seniors to hold onto when they shower or use the toilet.
One example of a grab bar is the HappyHome Stainless Steel Nylon Grab Bar. These stainless steel grab bars are nylon coated, making it less slippery. It also has a textured surface for an improved grip.
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#2 Secure Your Bedroom Too!
One of the main reasons elderly fall in the bedroom is because it is not well lit. First step to fallproof-ing the bedroom would be to ensure that it is bright enough for elderly to clearly see their walking path.
Other than brightening up the bedroom, you should also clear the walkway of unnecessary items and clutter. For example, a decorative throw rug could increase the likelihood of slips and falls. Hence, to prevent falls, these items could be removed from the room.
Some older adults are also prone to falling off the bed due to several reasons. To prevent that from happening, you should consider adding bedrails to your beds. Other than preventing elderly from rolling off the bed at night, it also provides a handle support for elderly to sit themselves up from the bed when they are getting out.
The Stander EZ Adjust Bed Rail has adjustable lengths which effectively prevents falls. It is also collapsible which allows for secure transfers from the bed to the wheelchair if required.
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#3 Living Room and Kitchen
While falls in the living room and kitchen are less frequent as compared to the bathroom and bedroom, fall prevention is still essential. Here are some quick pointers on how to #fallproof your living room.
- Ensure that furniture is stable. Older adults tend to use furniture as support when standing up or walking around. Hence, it is important to make sure that your furniture can withstand the weight of the person.
- Keep daily necessities within reach. By doing so, we can eliminate the chances of the older person having to stand on a chair to reach for something they need, which reduces the likelihood of falls.
- Grab bars are not limited to the shower areas! If you realize that you or your loved ones need some support walking between rooms, you could install grab bars along the walkways to provide additional support.
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